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Local poet celebrates prize in Parliament with Mary

Mary welcomed local poet Michael Yates to Parliament to celebrate his award for Black Horse Poets' Poem of the Year 2015.


Yesterday, Michael, and his wife Pam, joined Mary in Parliament for lunch on the House of Commons terrace to celebrate his award for 'How I Learned What Love Is'. 

The Black Horse Poets is a Wakefield poetry society. It was founded in 1998 and holds monthly workshops for members, as well as organising public performances, and producing books and CDs. 

The competition – judged by Mary, who is the BHP's patron – attracted a record 24 entries.

The winners were announced at the Black Horse Poets Annual Awards evening on 4 December 2015, at the Mocca Moocho coffee bar in central Wakefield.

Afterwards, Michael said: “This is the first time I’ve won this event and I’m very proud. The high quality and large numbers for this year’s competition are a vote of confidence in our actions over the year and in the success of our Chairperson Halima.”

Mary said: “I was delighted to celebrate Mick’s success with a tour and tea on the terrace for him and Pat. The Black Horse Poets' competition, set up by my predecessor but one, the late, great Walter Harrison MP, is a fantastic opportunity to recognise and showcase Wakefield’s creative talent. Congratulations again, Mick."

Runners-up for Poem of the Year 2015 were Peter Bedford for 'Viral' and Angie de Courcy Bower for 'Voyagers'.

Click here to read Michael's poem, 'How I Learned What Love Is'.

Click here for more information about Black Horse Poets and how to join.

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